Save the Children International (SCI) on Thursday planted trees at Junior Secondary School, Hajj-camp in Gwagwalada, Abuja as part of it engagement with the Child Rights Advocacy Club (CRAC) to amplify their voices on climate change impact on nutrition, health and wellbeing.
The Health and Nutrition Advocacy Assistant, SCI, Faith Osaretin, explained that it was also part of their generation hope campaign where they teach the children about climate change and the action they can take.
She said they also want to teach the children why they should plant trees in their various environments.
“So, we have Cashew trees, Mango trees, Guava, Avocado and Orange trees and we choose these trees because the children will be able to profit from these trees, it will also provide a source of nutrition for the children and also preserve the environment.
“We also want the children to be empowered on knowing what climate change is and the action they can take and we want to teach these children to speak up in terms of climate action for them to pass messages to their fellow pairs ,their parents and government on what need to be done about climate change .
Faith urged the Federal Government to be intentional about climate change because children are our future and the environment has to be preserved for them.
She said they want to goverment to be aware of these and put in policies that will preserve the environment for the children because they are our future.
She further urged the school management to encourage the children on these activity by ensuring that the tree must be watered and educate them more on the essence of climate change .
On extending the campaign to other schools, Faith said they have started the campaign in JSS, Jabi, JSS, Gwagwalada and they plan to do in some more schools including primary schools in Abuja .
Also, the Executive Chairperson of Women and Child Disaster Rescue Initiative, Ambassador Lizzy Oziri said they came to support SCI becasue the campaign aligns with their mission .
She added that they have been going about advocating for climate friendly environment because they noticed that people who are mostly affected when there is disaster are the women and children.
Also, the Principal of Junior Secondary School, Hajj-camp, Gwagwalada, Aliyu Hauwa said the program is very apt and urged the children to be good Ambassadors and learn what they are taught.
She also commended SCI for their efforts urged them to extend it to other schools across the FCT.